Pokemon birthday party ideas – decorations
Decorating for a Pokemon (or Pokemon Go) party is not a one-size-fit all thing. Costumes make a great party decoration, as do paper, party printables and dollar store balloons. If you’re not into going overboard on your kids’ party, pick a few details that speak to you to make your Pokemon Party special and run with them!
It looks like I did a ton for this party. But I didn’t. I picked a few things that were big visual stand outs, but inexpensive, to fill up my space. This is really easy for you to do at home at your Pokemon party.
DIY Pokemon Party backdrop idea
I’ll get into the food we had at the party in a moment, but I wanted to show and tell about my DIY Pokemon party backdrop first! It’s made of three packages of crepe paper. I used the basic idea in this tutorial to make the DIY fringed streamers. It was a pretty quick project, and made a great back drop for not a lot of work.
Best bang for your buck at a party? Balloons. I visited my local dollar store and bought $25 worth of mylar balloons to decorate. Small effort, small investment, big party fun. And you can hand them to kids on the way out the door as an extra party favor. Balloons quickly make a party feel more festive, even a Pokemon party.
Another way I use balloons is as floor cover. I’ve done this for practically every party my kids have ever had. They are colorful on the floor, look great in pictures, and the kids have a great time playing with them. Just count on them running around like hooligans with them and popping them all before the party is over!
Pokemon birthday party tablescape
The tables the kids sat down on to eat were also an easy thing to decorate. Again, a group of balloons (I did spring for a Pikachu mylar balloon) and some neat table settings were designed. Those Pokemon party printables I keep talking about were printed, punched, and used on the napkin rings and as place card settings.
The company that made these really awesome plates for me is out of business, but you can go pick up a pack of Pokemon plates and get a similar look! Still awesome and totally easy.
Also, if you have the time, kids LOVE seeing their name on stuff. It takes a hot minute to cut and fold a few Pokemon place cards and will make all your little Pokemon trainers feel really special!
A Pokemon birthday party is the perfect excuse to put on a costume.
I nixed a bounce house for this party. In concession the birthday boy was allowed to dress up, which worked out great because costumes at a birthday work as their own living decor running around the party. My son HAD to be Ash. If you’re only dropping into Pokemon lore as a result of Pokemon GO, you might not be familiar with Ash as he’s from the Pokemon cartoons. (Go check your Netflix for some reference.) These are affiliate links, by the way. They don’t cost you anything, but help me pay server fees!
Brennan’s outfit was easy easy easy. No serious craft project, just three things:
- Pokemon hat (buy it here)
- Green gloves–just cut the fingers off (buy them here or precut here)
- Blue t-shirt
Or, since Pokemon is mega popular again, you can also just buy a whole Ash Pokemon Trainer costume here without doing the piecemeal work.
The plush Pikachu we already had, it was a Christmas gift, but if you’re hunting for one, you can buy Pikachu here like I did.
At this party, mom did take birthday requests. Like making mom and Pokemon-loving Uncle Sean dress up like Team Rocket. That’s Jesse and James you see in this picture, also from the cartoon. So easy to put together, and a super big hit with all the kids! You can find the wigs here and here. I ironed vinyl onto white t-shirts for the “R”s and it it was enough for the costume. Again, we were decorations that walked around and made the party feel FUN!
Other options for Pokemon Party ideas for decor that I love if you don’t DIY:
- Hanging Honeycomb decorations (buy them here)
- Pokemon Tableware pack (buy it here)
- Small Pokeballs (buy them here)
- Pokemon and Pikachu backdrop (buy it here)
- Pokemon latex balloons (buy them here)
It’s time to feed all our Pokemon trainers–see our affordable Pokemon Party food ideas on the next page!